Posts Tagged ‘TV’

Broadcast quality tracks

March 9, 2010

Songwriters, check out this item from Taxi’s blog. It discusses how even a basic instrumental track with only one or two instruments can be sold for TV and film, and how much simpler it is to record this type of music at your home studio (compared to a full blown vocal piece with a band).

What about Taxi?

December 18, 2009

People ask if Taxi is for real, if it’s legit. I am a Taxi member. So far it hasn’t helped me. But I’ve met real people who have had considerable success with Taxi. You may have seen the band Naked Blue in some Taxi ads. I can assure you they are real. They’re from my home town (OK, the next town over). I was a Naked Blue fan long before they showed up in the Taxi ads.

Then there’s the guy I met standing in line at the Taxi Road Rally. It was a long line, so we had a chance to share our life stories, including our experiences with Taxi. He had already achieved some success with Taxi, but in the next few years he had more and more success, until one day I saw him in the pages of Recording Magazine, in a Taxi ad. They don’t make this stuff up.

My main advice about Taxi is, it works, but you have to submit a lot. That makes sense, because if you only submit one or two songs a year, your odds are much lower than if you submit 10 – 20 songs (or more) a year. There is no limit to how many you can submit. It’s $5 per song every time you submit.

But submitting a lot means you must have a lot of well-recorded demos (or you can submit the same song over and over again). They can be home studio recordings, if you have the recording/producing skills.

Why hasn’t Taxi helped me? For one, I joined when I only had a few song demos and I didn’t have the wherewithall to record more. In retrospect, I should have waited a few years. Now I have a full CD under my belt and another on the way. We’ll see how it goes.

If you know of a better way to get your songs to Film/TV music supervisors or to recording artists and their management, let us know by replying to this post.

Hip to be Square, good News from Taxi

July 28, 2008

Do you think your musical style is too square to get on the air? Do you think your instrument is out of style? Do you believe your niche is too small and that any or all of these things are obstacles that can’t be overcome? Think again.

Accordion Player Squeezes another Big Deal

By Rachel Laskow

Last year, Gary Sredzienski realized that even though he lives far from Hollywood in Kittery Point, Maine, and plays the accordion, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t get a deal through TAXI. His music made it into one of summer’s major motion pictures, Bad News Bears. And the good news didn’t stop there.

The music editor working at Paramount passed Gary’s music along to a music editor at CBS. “The cool thing about TAXI was that it established an initial connection for me. It got me in the door and who knows what else may happen,” Gary said.